The truth is that our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters — people so deranged, so evil, so possessed by voices and driven by demons that no sane person can possibly ever comprehend them.
–-Wayne La Pierre
It’s not money. It’s not policy. It’s not even power.
It’s the politics of identity that’s what keeps the right going. The farther right you go, the harder their line. On the hard right, politics is always an existential crisis.
As long as individuals can stand up outside of the tribe and claim Americanism as their own, the right is revealed as weak, because it is their own lies about themselves that they cannot stand. Proof in the form of our existence is enough to make them angry. This is why… they keep getting madder as they keep gaining power. They are not really after a conservative agenda in terms of policy; they are not even after power, really. They are after a complete and utter subjugation of the American consciousness to their tribal mentality. And they will not stop until they get it. Hence, the culture wars. And now, the real wars. And unfortunately, I don’t think they are done.
Wayne La Pierre is a case in point. The depth of his vision was clear when he spoke at CPAC referring to the Constitution as nothing but “stains on a rotten piece of parchment paper in a museum somewhere” until they are “guarded by the blued steel and dry powder of a free and armed people…the Founding Fathers understood that the guys with the guns make the rules.”
I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school – and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January.
Before Congress reconvenes, before we engage in any lengthy debate over legislation, regulation or anything else, as soon as our kids return to school after the holiday break, we need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work – and by that I mean armed security.
Right now, today, every school in the United States should plan meetings with parents, school administrators, teachers and local authorities – and draw upon every resource available – to erect a cordon of protection around our kids right now. Every school will have a different solution based on its own unique situation.
Every school in America needs to immediately identify, dedicate and deploy the resources necessary to put these security forces in place right now. And the National Rifle Association, as America’s preeminent trainer of law enforcement and security personnel for the past 50 years, is ready, willing and uniquely qualified to help.
These paragraphs are a dishonest version of the NRA’s vision for America. The NRAs true vision is simple: the way to prevent gun violence is with more guns. It’s the premise that leads to the the NRA conclusion that gun free school zones cause gun violence, and Right to Carry laws reduce crime: “the value of handguns for self-defense is not in how many criminals are killed, but in how often people use handguns to prevent crimes, and how often criminals don’t attack, fearing potential victims are armed.”
The Constitution does not merely permit, but is justified by, guns. The answer to gun violence is more guns. The NRA is happy to provide the training.